October 2016 – Another busy month!

October 2016 – Another busy month!

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We’d like to start by saying THANK YOU to all of our incredible volunteers, October was a hectic month and as always you’ve been integral to our work with families, our events and our back office operations. We are also very grateful to those who gave their time to raise funds for our cause by taking part in bag-packing sessions in the local supermarkets.  As we receive no monies from the CCG, NHS or government, the majority of what we raise comes from activities in our surrounding communities and it’s you the reader, baker, runner, bag-packer that make it possible for us to support families in need. Our small team of 4 full-time and 3 part-time staff are working incredibly hard to turn the Reuben’s Retreat vision into a reality and so the more you help us raise, the more we can invest into our services and renovate the Retreat for families. We don’t take your support as a given and we know there are so many good causes out there that are deserving of your efforts, so from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

With a diverse range of audiences it’s really important to us that we find ways to keep everyone up to date with our news.  We’re ever so grateful to the Glossop Chronicle & the Tameside Reporter for making such a splash of our regular communications, without you we couldn’t reach residents across the Borough.  Thanks also to Dave at Tameside Radio for the shout-outs and fabulous interview with Reuben’s Mummy & Reuben’s Retreat Founder Nicola, Rachael our Office Manager and one of our youngest supporters Sophie aged 9. We’re looking forward to November when they interview rising singing star Aleya who talks about her support of Reuben’s Retreat.

In terms of our renovation project, as you know we finished the roof at the end of September and throughout October we worked on the pointing and other small elements of the “external envelope”.   As we move into November the asbestos in the under croft of the building becomes our focus.  It’s not a danger in anyway, the only reason we need to address it is because we need to place the services of things like the hydrotherapy pool and various utilities underground.  So whilst we would dearly love to remove it entirely from under the building, sadly the cost is totally prohibitive, so we’ll just concentrate on specific areas.  It should take around 22 days to complete but then it’s another tick off of the long list of works.  A big thank you to our Trustee Robert Barnes from Living City, who is a source of unwavering support as we tackle the transformation of our magnificent building.

Behind the headlines of our renovation project the team works incredibly hard to support the fundraising activities, bid writing, presentations and awareness raising, creative work, filming and most important of all, to support our families.  We still have a long way to go but we are already carrying out much needed work with children and adults and we’re increasing the frequency and variety of our activities as and when it’s the appropriate time to do so – we will not do something half-heartedly or without due thought and consideration, the stakes are just too high.  Highlights this month include another “Pamper Day” for Mum’s and another Music Therapy Day for poorly and disabled children and their siblings and parents.  We now offer meditation mornings which readers can also attend, it’s on the first Friday of each month from 11am for 1 hour at a suggested donation of £3 per person. Please call Sally-Anne (01457 680 023) for more details.

Our annual Prince and Princess party for kids is now full in December!  Apologies to those who were unable to secure tickets, to be honest it sold out quicker than even we anticipated.  We also reduced the capacity a little this year because we want to invite some of the families we support.  As we approach the festive season we’ve had supporters ask if they could donate monies specifically towards something for Christmas so they’ve kindly paid for places on the event for our beneficiaries – tickets cost £12 per person if you or your company would like to sponsor a place, please contact Rachael on 01457 680023.

Keep your eyes peeled for Williams’s vans darting around Tameside and beyond, all branded up supporting Reuben’s Retreat.  They look fantastic, thank you Andy and the Team.  If you’re a Co-op member shopping at the Co-op Gorton, Simmondley and Reddish stores, as well as the Co-op Funeralcare services in Gorton and the Carriage Company Glossop, you can choose for our cause to receive the 1% they are giving back to 3 local charities…much appreciated xx

We are very excited to be re-launching the Reuben’s Retreat magazine on 1st December 2016.  Thanks to all who have bought space in the first edition which is being co-ordinated by our newest part-time staff member Ian who joined the fold back in September – it’s going to be fabulous!  The plan is to update the magazine seasonally and will reach communities across Glossop, Tameside and beyond, so if you would like to advertise in a future publication please contact Ian at creative@reubensretreat.org or on 01457 680 023.

It’s important to us that we work harmoniously with and support other charities, so we would like to share with you the news that Jack Pullen’s family have set up a Foundation.  They are raising awareness of water safety in memory of Jack whom was tragically lost this summer – you can find out more details at www.facebook.com/thejackpullenfoundation/.  We wish them all the very best on their journey.

Upcoming Reuben’s Retreat events: Join us for our Santa’s Grotto at Lymefield Garden Centre (Broadbottom, SK14 6AG) where Father Christmas will be visiting with his good elves and maybe a naughty one elf or two.  It’s on from 11am to 3pm on 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th December.

As we enter the festive season why not raise funds for Reuben’s Retreat by doing your online shopping through easyfundraising.org.uk?  It doesn’t cost you any extra but can make a huge difference to us.

We feel Reuben around us every day, guiding us, giving us strength and sending us so many incredible hearts who give their time, energy and hard-earned pennies and pounds.  Thank you Reuben and thank you incredible supporters, including:  our new friend and volunteer Jackie, Mr and Mrs McManus, Karon Edmunds, Co-op Simmondley, Gorton & Reddish stores, Tameside Hospital Midwives, Longdendale High School, The Tuesday Ladies Methodist Church group, the quizmasters of the Wheatsheaf, Danny Hornsby, Parrs Wood School, Stacey Copeland for all you do, Glossop Leisure Centre, Liquid Logic, to those who raised for us at the “Battle of the Bridge”, to The Soroptomists of Ashton and all who joined their Bavarian evening, Mrs Mackie, Margaret Lloyd and Pat Selkirk from the lunch club, Rosemount Trinity Methodist church, Bradleys Bakery, Pearson Butchers, members of Hyde Striders, sponsorship from the Taaffe’s, our volunteer Diane, Global Travel Group, Unity Lottery, Hadfield Gardening Society, to the family of Tom Lee and everyone who supported Angel Abigail’s 18th birthday party.  Thank you also to everyone who donated their first new £5 notes…we promise to spend every penny donated wisely and honestly, always and forever.

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